Royalty Visits Placencia Area
For most of today, Belize Coast Guard vessels were escorting a VIP from the Kingdom of Qatar in the Middle East. The sheikh arrived in his multimillion dollar luxury yacht, noted on the internet as being one of the largest in the world.
His name is Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber bin Muhammad Al Thani, and he is the former Prime Minister and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar. Internet reports say that he’s one of the richest men in his country. His 436 foot mega yacht, Al Mirqab was built in 2008, and is valued between 200 and 300 million US dollars. It has a crew of 60 and can accommodate up to 60 guests.
The vessel arrived this morning, where it first anchored just outside the English Caye Channel, the entrance of Belizean waters. Up to date coordinates on the internet at newstime showed it at anchor near Rendezvous Caye off the coast of the southern Belize District. It came from Cozumel – and the Qatari dignitary is said to be cruising the region.
Quatar, is the world’s richest country on a per capita basis.
Air Belize Sky Diving
Air Belize Skydiving Center’s owners have been operating safe and successful skydiving centers for 20 years in the United States as Sky’s The Limit Skydiving Center. Now we are pleased to bring our skydiving expertise to the beautiful country of Belize.
Skydive today in Placencia, Belize and experience the thrill of a lifetime! You will skydive above the Caribbean Sea where you can witness the beauty of Belize and the Placencia Peninsula from the sky. After meeting us at the Placencia Airport you will check in and you will have a short waiver to fill out. Once completed, you will meet your tandem skydiving instructor who will then brief you on your equipment and your skydive experience.
The jump aircraft will take off from the Placencia Airport and will fly you to your destination over the Placencia Resort and Residencies. You and your instructor will exit the aircraft together and experience the thrill of free fall. Upon deployment of the parachute, you will get to fly above Belize for 5-7 minutes until you land with your instructor on the beach at the resort.
All participants must be a minimum of 18 years of age, 16 with parental consent, and weigh no more than 225lbs.
Cost of a Tandem Skydive is $305.00
All prices are in USD and are per person..
Norwegian Cruise Line Project
A) Does the Placencia Village Council support the project?
Well this editor’s guess is that, due to their position of being caught between a rock (the people) and a hard place (Government of Belize), they will have to compromise and somehow work with the project. Can’t really blame them.
“Politics at it’s finest". At this point, they really should try and get what they can for the people from the project. Especially the tour guides in this area. They deserve a portion of the pie for sure. The council should be more agressive in insisting on meetings with the heads of project in GOB and NCL.
If they move quickly, they can secure some control over those guest wanting to just visit the Village beach area via tender boats arriving at main dock from NCL ship. Maybe they can ask for atleast $1 BZ per head. Sounds like a small portion but more realistic from GOB point of view.“It all helps the Councils monthly financial obligations” in which many are not concerned about but must be secured regardless.
B) Will the local BTIA & Political Opposition Party
halt the project via court decision?
My guess is no! The project will move forward for sure. Too many powers that be supporting. I know many dont’ want to hear this but “Let’s be real guys”. After all, it is the start of 2015 and the ball won’t stop rolling at this point.
C) What should the Villagers do at this point?
Try to"work together” and position themselves in “new businesses” that cater to cruise tourism. This should happen “now” and not later.